Science Cafe to Hold Next Public Forum March 28

Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, Riding the Gravitational Waves, on March 28. Panelists will discuss particle interactions involved in galaxy formation and how gravitational waves, binary stars and black holes are created.

Science Café will be from 7-9 p.m. at Whole Hog Café, 12111 W. Markham St. Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. No reservations are needed, but seating is limited. Admission is free.

This month’s panel will include Bret Lehmer, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Damon Spayde, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Hendrix College; and Scott Austin, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dorothy Graves, PhD, associate director for administration at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, will moderate the event and host the corresponding live call-in program, “Science Café Little Rock,” on National Public Radio-affiliate station KUAR FM89. The science talk show, featuring one speaker from the monthly panel of scientists and experts, is aired just prior (6:05-6:30 p.m.) to the live Science Café event. Lehmer is this month’s radio guest.

Science Café forums are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for July, August and December. Check out the website for more information on monthly speakers and topics at www.sciencecafelr.com. For more information on future Science Café events or to suggest topics and speakers, contact Linda Williams at 501-686-7418. To join the listserv and receive news on monthly speakers and events, send an email with “subscribe” in the subject field to sciencecafelr@gmail.com. Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Aristotle, KUAR-FM 89.1 and the Central Arkansas Section of the American Chemical Society.